San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 3, 2012 - Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) was recently given the green light by the California Public Utility Commission (PUC) to go ahead with its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project.

In a Resolution dated March 29, the PUC’s Energy Division affirmed its previous approval of the company’s contracts with the selected vendors, following a request for a review from the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) and The Utility Reform Network (TURN).

In April 2010, SoCalGas was authorized by the Commission to develop and deploy a gas-only AMI system throughout its territory. In May 2011 the company filed requests for approval of agreements with the three vendors, which was approved in December. However, subsequently the DRA and TURN requested a review of the disposition, citing inter alia that the Energy Division did not have the authority to issue the disposition and that the proposed contracts did not meet the requirements.

The three vendors are Capgemini for advanced meter system integration, program management, and related services, Aclara for AMI modules, energy presentment, and radio network including designing, engineering, and installing the network, and Agile Sourcing Partners Inc. for AMI modules.

In the resolution the Energy Division states that it “concludes that the proposed system will be capable of meeting the minimum AMI functionality criteria …” and that “the agreements with Capgemini, Aclara, and Agile will provide for the procurement and installation of SoCalGas' AMI technology system encompassing gas modules, radio network and energy presentment software.”

The resolution also states that the DRA and TURN’s protest “includes arguments … both inappropriate and irrelevant…” and that it “does not include any convincing evidence that the (contract) amendment would not meet the functionality criteria …”

SoCalGas plans to upgrade 6 million smart gas meters over the next four years.